According to the Guinness Book of Records, the biggest dog in the world is English Mastiff named Zorba. He is weighing 156 kg, 94 cm high at the shoulders and is 2.5 meters long, measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Still, when people ask about the dog’s size the question has to be more precise because “how big a dog is” and “how tall a dog is” are two different things.
The tallest dog in the world was Gibson, a Harlequin Great Dane. He was 107 cm high at the shoulders and almost 215 cm tall when standing on his hind legs. His successor and currently the tallest dog in the world is George, also a Great Dane.
George is 109 cm tall at the shoulders and 220 cm long from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Speaking of the biggest dog breed, all experts agree that English Mastiffs are the biggest. Although the Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound are taller, they don’t have the body mass of the Mastiffs.
Mastiffs’ bodies are massive and square with broad skull. The body is very large in both breadth and depth. The standard height for English Mastiffs is 76 cm minimum at the shoulders for the males and 70 cm for the females. A typical English Mastiff male can weigh between 69-110 kg. Females weigh between 55-91 kg.
Their life span is between seven and thirteen years. An average Great Dane is height about 75 cm. Their typical weight is 54 kg minimum for the male and 45 kg for the female.
Mastiffs are the descendants of Alaunts, a breed which was developed by Alani people in the 4th century BC.
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